Industry Snapshots


Aerospace

Puerto Rico’s Business Star Proposition has a solid foundation in a highly skilled workforce and state-of-the-art infrastructure ready to make your aerospace business take off to new heights.

The World’s Top Aerospace Companies are in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico has embarked on an ambitious journey to create a new industry cluster and become an aerospace engineering and MRO services powerhouse. Several high profile companies recognize the compelling value proposition that Puerto Rico represents. The Island is already home for leading companies such as:

  • Lufthansa Technik
  • Pratt & Whitney
  • Axon Puerto Rico
  • Infotech Aerospace Services
  • UTC Aerospace Systems
  • Honeywell Aerospace
  • Essig Research
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Florida Turbine
  • Opti Manufacturing
  • Phoenix Cables Inc

They have successfully invested in Puerto Rico, and are growing extremely fast. Our qualified workforce is highly competitive; two of the nation’s top engineering programs are in Puerto Rico. Our four major educational institutions are joining forces with the Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company (PRIDCO) to create an academic and business network that supports Puerto Rico as a service and manufacturing center for the aerospace and MRO industries.

  • The industry employs more than 3,000 people
  • $121 M committed new investment
  • Two of the top engineering programs in the nation are in Puerto Rico* 22,435 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) degrees awarded (41% of total degrees awarded in 2013)
  • Unique Tax Incentives Program
  • ITAR and Defense Contracting Opportunities

*Source: (American Society for Engineering Education 2012-342 schools reported).

Virtually overnight, Puerto Rico has become a magnet for some of the world's leading aviation and aerospace companies. With a long history of manufacturing expertise and a strong pipeline of engineering talent, the island has attracted multimillion-dollar investments by these and other major firms during recent years.

  • Pratt & Whitney is performing engineering design and analysis for the jet turbine power plants of several aircraft from its InfoTech Aerospace Service's division.
  • Lockheed Martin has more than 60 employees conducting software support services from Puerto Rico for its global operations.
  • Honeywell Aerospace employs more than 400 people in its shared services center that supports the company's global defense and space business.
  • Hamilton Sundstrand manufactures aircraft climate control and electronic systems at its Puerto Rico plant, employing more than 900 workers.
  • AXON Group and Pratt & Whitney established a world-class SAP services center that will create 300 jobs.
  • Florida Turbine and ESSIG Research both have major operations on the island.
  • Puerto Rico is well positioned to capture a large share of activity in aerospace-related research, innovation, engineering, service and production. Beyond our industrial incentives and federal tax programs, the island also offers the aerospace industry these benefits:
  • International Traffic in Arms Regulation (ITAR) Compliance: As a U.S. jurisdiction, Puerto Rico complies with this regulation that states that defense and military-related technologies may only be accessed by U.S. citizens, eliminating outsourcing to foreign countries with low operating costs.
  • Overseas Outsourcing Suitability: Puerto Rico meets all the criteria from the defense segment of the aerospace market for U.S.-made products.
  • MRO Opportunities: Roosevelt Roads and the Aguadilla Airport, Puerto's Rico's former Navy bases, provide suitable runways and facilities for airplane maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), training and other services.

Building the Aerospace Workforce of Tomorrow

Puerto Rico has a significant source of talent for the aerospace industry with six (6) key institutions providing education related to aerospace:

  • University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez campus (UPRM)
  • Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico (PUPR)
  • University of Turabo (UT)
  • Interamerican University of PR (UIA, Bayamón Campus)
  • Caribbean University (CU)
  • Aeronautical & Aerospace Institute of Puerto Rico (AAIPR)

Currently, the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez campus (UPRM), and the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico (PUPR) have the biggest engineering programs in terms of enrollment and degrees awarded in Puerto Rico. Both campuses belong to the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) list of the top 50 universities engineering undergraduate enrollment by school.

Main Industry Subsectors


Supply Chain

Puerto Rico supports a robust aerospace supply chain with capabilities in maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO), composites, metalworking, avionics, testing equipment, and coatings.


Engines

Major engine and power plant manufacturers are typically part of diversified corporations producing engines for both civil and military aircraft, either alone or as part of one or more joint ventures. Engine and power plant sales also provide maintenance, repair and overhaul business opportunities.


Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)

Given the rapid growth of military and civil governmental UAS operations, there is tremendous potential for Puerto Rico in the evolving commercial UAS sector.

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